Eddie Noack: Gentlemen Prefer Blondes (3-CD)
'Eddie Noack ... wanted to be a journalist. But we have enough journalists, and not enough people who could sing and write like Eddie Noack.'
Bob Dylan, 2007.
Fans of hard-core honky tonk, hillbilly, and rockabilly have requested this set for years! It took us THAT long to get it right.
Contains every 1950s single by Texas honky tonk legend Eddie Noack, including alternate takes, from the master tapes where they still exist.
Contains 27 demos, false-starts, and original session chatter, most issued for the first time, plus many other songs never available on CD.
Includes a wealth of vintage photographs and clippings, newly researched biography, and complete discography.
Many lifelong country singers who had made a rockabilly single or two during its brief commercial reign were only too happy to later accept this rebranding if it translated to a critical acclaim or recognition they had otherwise never experienced. Eddie Noack forcefully resisted the temptation. 'No, I'm pure country,' he insisted. He wrote the honky tonk anthem Too Hot To Handle, Hank Snow's hit These Hands, and many more songs that endeared him to Dylan and lovers of unadulterated Texas honky tonk music.
The first of two Bear Family retrospectives devoted to the music of Eddie Noack, 'Gentlemen Prefer Blondes' spans the early recordings, 1948 to 1961. Collecting all of his 1950s singles, plus 13 unissued masters and alternate takes, along with 27 acoustic demos, it gives the fullest overview yet of the most vital years of Eddie Noack's career. Only one of these records, 1958s 'Have Blues - Will Travel', was a hit for Noack himself, and most people never heard these records when they were current. When he died in 1978, it was as 'songwriter' Eddie Noack rather than singer-songwriter. This collection (and the forthcoming disc of his 1960s material) corrects this, and redefines the artist as he should have been known in life, and wanted to be known to posterity - not simply as a 'songwriter,' but as a singer, songwriter, and defender of 'pure country' music.
This deluxe 3-CD package is accompanied by a revelatory, newly researched 73-page biography of Eddie Noack by country music historian Andrew Brown.
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|02||Triflin' Mama Blues||Eddie Noack|| |
|03||Pyramid Club||Eddie Noack|| |
|04||Simulated Diamonds||Eddie Noack|| |
|05||Hungry But Happy||Eddie Noack|| |
|06||Raindrops In The River||Eddie Noack|| |
|07||Frown On The Moon||Eddie Noack|| |
|08||Unlucky Me||Eddie Noack|| |
|09||Green Back Dollar||Eddie Noack|| |
|10||Tragic Love||Eddie Noack|| |
|11||I Can't Run Away||Eddie Noack|| |
|12||I'd Still Want You||Eddie Noack|| |
|13||Music Makin' Mama From Memphis||Eddie Noack|| |
|14||Please Mr. Postman||Eddie Noack|| |
|15||There's A Place In My Heart||Eddie Noack|| |
|16||I'm Going To See My Baby||Eddie Noack|| |
|17||Too Hot To Handle||Eddie Noack|| |
|18||How Does It Feel To Be A Winner||Eddie Noack|| |
|19||Nothing||Eddie Noack|| |
|20||First And Last Thing||Eddie Noack|| |
|21||(As The Band Played) Paul Jones||Eddie Noack|| |
|22||Pride||Eddie Noack|| |
|23||Spoken message to Don Pierce||Eddie Noack|| |
|24||Don't Worry 'Bout Me Baby||Eddie Noack|| |
|25||As Long As You Call||Eddie Noack|| |
|26||Forlorn, Forgotten, and Forsaken||Eddie Noack|| |
|27||Walking The Street||Eddie Noack|| |
|28||Simulated Diamonds||Eddie Noack|| |
|29||Moonlight On The Water||Eddie Noack|| |
|30||Hungry But Happy||Eddie Noack|| |
|31||Raindrops In The River||Eddie Noack|| |
|32||Gentlemen Prefer Blondes||Eddie Noack|| |
|33||Unlucky Me||Eddie Noack|| |
|34||Fair Today, Cold Tomorrow||Eddie Noack|| |
|35||Gentlemen Prefer Blondes||Eddie Noack|| |
|36||Take It Away Lucky||Eddie Noack|| |
|37||Don't Trade||Eddie Noack|| |
|38||Left Over Lovin'||Eddie Noack|| |
|39||Don't Worry 'bout Me Baby||Eddie Noack|| |
|40||I'll Be So Good To You||Eddie Noack|| |
|41||Think Of Her Now||Eddie Noack|| |
|42||Wind Me Up||Eddie Noack|| |
|43||If It Ain't On The Menu||Eddie Noack|| |
|44||Me And My New Baby||Eddie Noack|| |
|45||The Life You've Lived||Eddie Noack|| |
|46||You Done Got Me||Eddie Noack|| |
|47||The Life You've Lived||Eddie Noack|| |
|48||If Hearts Could Talk||Eddie Noack|| |
|49||When The Bright Lights Grow Dim||Eddie Noack|| |
|50||Think Of Her Now||Eddie Noack|| |
|51||It Ain't Much But It's Home||Eddie Noack|| |
|52||For You I Weep||Eddie Noack|| |
|53||You Done Got Me||Eddie Noack|| |
|54||The Worm Has Turned||Eddie Noack|| |
|55||She Can't Stand The Light of Day||Eddie Noack|| |
|56||Think Of Her Now||Eddie Noack|| |
|57||Scarecrow||Eddie Noack|| |
|58||Dust On The River||Eddie Noack|| |
|59||What's The Matter Joe||Eddie Noack|| |
|60||Gentlemen Prefer Blondes [alt]||Eddie Noack|| |
|61||For You I Weep [alt]||Eddie Noack|| |
|62||Can You Answer To God||Eddie Noack|| |
|63||Lucky In Cards||Eddie Noack|| |
|64||Mister Nice Guy||Eddie Noack|| |
|65||Six Feet Down||Eddie Noack|| |
|66||Relief Is Just A Swallow Away||Eddie Noack|| |
|67||Are You Really Here||Eddie Noack|| |
|68||It's Hard To Tell An Old Love Goodbye||Eddie Noack|| |
|69||That Certain You Know What||Eddie Noack|| |
|70||Can't Play Hookey||Eddie Noack|| |
|71||My Steady Dream||Eddie Noack|| |
|72||Wonderin' Oakie||Eddie Noack|| |
|73||Have Blues -- Will Travel||Eddie Noack|| |
|74||The Price Of Love||Eddie Noack|| |
|75||Relief Is Just A Swallow Away||Eddie Noack|| |
|76||It's Hard To Tell An Old Love Goodbye||Eddie Noack|| |
|77||Love's Other Face||Eddie Noack|| |
|78||I Don't Live There Any More||Eddie Noack|| |
|79||Walk 'Em Off||Eddie Noack|| |
|80||The Man On The Wall||Eddie Noack|| |
|81||Shake Hands With The Blues (1)||Eddie Noack|| |
|82||A Million Friends But No Sweetheart||Eddie Noack|| |
|83||Don't Look Behind||Eddie Noack|| |
|84||A Thinkin' Man's Woman (A Lovin' Man's Girl)||Eddie Noack|| |
|85||Shake Hands With The Blues (2)||Eddie Noack|| |
|86||Sunflower Song||Eddie Noack|| |
|87||Too Weak To Go||Eddie Noack|| |
|88||Firewater Luke||Eddie Noack|| |
|89||The Price Of Love [alt]||Eddie Noack|| |
|90||The Same Old Mistakes||Eddie Noack|| |
|91||Invisible Stripes||Eddie Noack|| |
|92||So Funny I Could Cry||Eddie Noack|| |
|93||Shotgun House||Eddie Noack|| |
|94||I Slipped Out Of Heaven||Eddie Noack|| |
|95||Firewater Luke||Eddie Noack|| |
|96||Invisible Stripes||Eddie Noack|| |
|97||The Same Old Mistakes||Eddie Noack|| |
|98||Shotgun House||Eddie Noack|| |
|99||Where Do You Go (When You Say Goodnight)||Eddie Noack|| |
|100||Love Is For Fools||Eddie Noack|| |
|101||The Life You've Lived||Eddie Noack|| |
|102||I Speak Your Name||Eddie Noack|| |
|103||The Same Old Mistakes||Eddie Noack|| |
|104||You've Got A Woman||Eddie Noack|| |
Gentlemen Prefer Blondes
An old, prefabricated house in an out-of-the-way section of East London was not the place one would have normally expected to find a fifties-era Starday Recording Artist holed up. But there he was, Eddie Noack, a refugee from the Texas honky-tonk scene's remote past, about to launch a short tour of England. It was 1976. London promoters had called on him, and though he hadn't performed in public in many years, and was in poor health, he consented. His career was over, and he knew only too well that a tour of English pubs was not going to revive it, but perhaps it could at least preserve the illusion a little while longer.
Noack had never been famous, but the hard-core country fans in England had heard of him and wanted to see him. He had recently made an album of his original songs for an English label, songs better known through interpretations by stars like George Jones, Hank Snow, and Johnny Cash. Few had ever heard Noack's long-forgotten singles on Starday, or any of the other small labels he had recorded for over the course of a thirty-year career in country music.
Music journalist Bill Millar, along with Ray Topping, arranged to interview Noack at the start of the tour. By then, the word 'rockabilly' had emerged with an impact it never had in the fifties. It was the magical incantation that unlocked and revitalized so much good but forgotten music for a new generation. For the purveyors of the rockabilly revival underway in England, Noack's presence on their shores presented a dilemma: Starday was recognized for its rockabilly singles, but Noack had avoided making any. And so they ignored him.
When Millar and Topping drove up at 4 o'clock in the afternoon, the curtains to the house were drawn. "Long before he answered the door…I was wondering what sort of problems had brought this talented artist to such a lamentable state," Millar later wrote in 'Melody Maker.' A disheveled man, appearing to be years older than 46, came to the door still wearing his pajamas. The room was littered with overflowing ashtrays, pills, and bottles among scrapbooks and records. Eddie told the young writers that he was suffering from an intestinal disorder, but despite everything managed to answer questions about his long music career with, Millar observed,"a quiet pride."
Eddie's tour, backed up by the English country band Rusty Douch and the Wild Bunch, was not a total disaster, but it was disappointing to anyone expecting to hear something resembling a time-warp back to a Texas honky-tonk twenty years earlier. Reviews were bad and Noack appeared to be severely ill. As 'Country Music People'later wrote of his appearance in South Humberside, "The place was packed solid, but I can't remember seeing a worse performer than Noack … and he knew it. He admitted himself that he had no right to be there, as he hadn't done any stage work at all for almost as long as could remember.”
"It was an honor to back the gentle giant of a man,” Rusty Douch says today. "He gave me advice about writing songs, and said don't give up on anything that you write…Eddie stayed with me and my wife on that tour. He was not a well man.”
Many lifelong country singers who had made a rockabilly single or two during its brief commercial reign were only too happy to later accept this rebranding if it translated to a critical acclaim or recognition they had otherwise never experienced. Not Eddie Noack. During their interview, when Millar and Topping inevitably broached the subject of rockabilly, Eddie forcefully resisted the temptation. "No, I'm pure country," he insisted. To suggest otherwise would be to badly misunderstand his life and work, and how he wished that work to be interpreted.
"Nothing about Eddie Noack reminds you of the archetypal hillbilly record star of another age," Millar wrote of their meeting. "Equipped with degrees from the University of Houston, he is witty and erudite, a walking fund of accurate stories." To his interviewers, the person and the persona were, at a glance, out of phase: how could the man who wrote archetypal hillbilly songs like Too Hot to Handle, Take It Away, Lucky and It Ain't Much, But It's Home not be an archetypal hillbilly himself? Noack had given them a clue when he defended his music as 'pure country': For his entire career, he had self-consciously styled himself as a country music artist out of emulation, not identification. He appreciated artists like Jimmie Rodgers, Hank Williams, Ernest Tubb, and Wilf Carter, but their life experiences had been quite different from his. Many country artists like Tubb had actually tried to smooth out their music, shunning the phrase 'hillbilly' as derogatory. But Noack was an idealist. His mission was to protect the integrity of country music and its roots, commercial appeal be damned. When he said that his music was 'pure country,' he meant that he had, early in life, sworn allegiance to a personal code. If somebody called Eddie's music 'hillbilly,' he accepted it as a compliment. Thus, the quiet pride that Millar had sensed was rooted in Eddie's conviction that he had stayed true to his code while nearly everyone else had sold out and allowed 'pure' country music to decay and die.
And as went country music, so fell Eddie Noack. "Eddie was plainly ill when I met him," Millar says today. "I really did think, 'This man hasn't got long to live.'" His grim assessment was correct. In 1978, less than two years after the tour, Noack died, alone, in Nashville.
Eddie Noack Gentlemen Prefer Blondes (3-CD)
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